He began by giving us a whistle stop tour through a few thousand years of picture making, starting with the wall art to be found in the Egyptian tombs,via the classical artists using oil paint, to the early days of photography with Fox Talbot and Roger Fenton, and finishing with all the intricacies of manipulation with Photoshop. On the way, Rolf illustrated that fakery in photography is not a new phenomenon, and showed us some examples over 100 years old of where people have been eliminated from or inserted into photographs.
For the second half, Rolf had brought a small selection of his prints, and gave the background to these, where they were taken, and if they were manipulated. Rolf sells a lot of his images and he explained how the agencies operated and how things have changed since the advent of digital photography. He sends his work to Alamy, who have about 120 million images on file, and explained that he has had fair success with this company.
This was a rather different and refreshing style of presentation, and was very much enjoyed by the members, especially the question and answer session. We were pleased to welcome two potential new members to the club, we hope to see them again.
Report submitted by Dorothy Wood